Mon, Oct 17, 2005
Tales Of Dealing With 'The Busiest Control Tower In The
This week, we're featuring one of our first-ever Aero-Casts --
where we sent our Oshkosh "rookie" Rob Finfrock up to the North 40
to interview pilots who had literally just cut the mixture on their
engines, after flying into Wittman Field the Sunday before
AirVenture 2005 officially got underway.
The pilots expressed excitement and relief at finally being on
the ground at Oshkosh, as well as universal admiration and support
for the job the controllers performed. If you've never flown into
Oshkosh during an AirVenture, or watched the experience from the
ground, it's hard to visualize... imagine a large swarm of bees,
though, and you'd be close.
Pilots flying into Wittman literally put their lives in the
controllers' hands for the final fifteen minutes or so they were in
the air, right up until the time they parked... and during that
time, it seemed as if they could almost reach out and touch the
other aircraft around them.
Listen To One Pilot's Tale Of Flying Into
Except they weren't looking at the other planes, but instead
were focusing their eyes at exactly where the controller was
telling them to.
"Cleared to land, green dot..."
"Listen to me, blue Bellanca, don't watch the
"Slow it down, Baron! I know you can go slower... you're
about to run over the Cub ahead of you!"
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